School of Nursing and Health Studies

Program Goals

The First Year Entry RN to BSN Program prepares the graduate to:


  • Integrate concepts from the arts and sciences in promoting health and managing complex nursing care situations;
  • Apply leadership concepts, skills, and decision making in the provision and oversight of nursing practice in a variety of settings;
  • Translate principles of patient safety and quality improvement into the delivery of high quality care;
  • Appraise, critically summarize, and translate current evidence into nursing practice. Integrate knowledge, processes, and skills from nursing science; information and patient care technologies; and communication tools to facilitate clinical decision-making, and the delivery of safe and effective nursing care;
  • Describe the effects of health policy, economic, legal, political, and socio-cultural factors on the delivery of, and advocacy for, equitable health care;
  • Demonstrate effective professional communication and collaboration to optimize health outcomes;
  • Deliver and advocate for health promotion and disease prevention strategies at the individual, family, community and population levels;
  • Demonstrate value-based, professional behaviors that integrate altruism, autonomy, integrity, social justice, and respect for diversity and human dignity;
  • Demonstrate critical thinking, clinical decision making, and psychomotor skills necessary for the delivery of competent, evidence-based, holistic, and compassionate care to patients across the life span.